President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Roselynn spend much of their time building homes for Habitat for Humanity, which is pretty awesome for a couple in their 90’s. Yet, that is not all they do. Before he retired from circling the globe, the president went. to countries to serve as a guardian against voter intimidation. Today, the couple released a statement about five decades of racism.
President Carter said, “our hearts are with the victims’ families and all who feel helpless.” He condemned the “racial discrimination and outright cruelty:”
‘Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks. Our hearts are with the victims’ families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty. We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution.’
Then, he became the voice of wisdom. He said “violence whether spontaneous or consciously incited is not a solution.” The couple lives in Georgia, and as world leaders, they have a deep understanding of “segregation and injustice.” When he became governor in 1971 Carter said the “time for racial discrimination is over.”
Yet five decades later, he added “with great sorrow and disappointment, I repeat those words today:”
‘As a white male of the South, I know all too well the impact of segregation and injustice to African Americans. As a politician, I felt a responsibility to bring equity to my state and our country. In my 1971 inaugural address as Georgia’s governor, I said: “The time for racial discrimination is over.” With great sorrow and disappointment, I repeat those words today, nearly five decades later. Dehumanizing people debases us all; humanity is beautifully and almost infinitely diverse. The bonds of our common humanity must overcome the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.’
The couple’s message continued, reminding people that “silence can be as deadly as violence.” He called for people of “power, privilege, and moral conscience” to say “no more.” No more to the “discriminatory police and justice system.” They labeled the “disparities between whites and blacks” as “immoral.” Then, the presidential couple reminded Americans about their place in history along with that of their government:
‘Since leaving the White House in 1981, Rosalynn and I have strived to advance human rights in countries around the world. In this quest, we have seen that silence can be as deadly as violence. People of power, privilege, and moral conscience must stand up and say “no more” to a racially discriminatory police and justice system, immoral economic disparities between whites and blacks, and government actions that undermine our unified democracy. We are responsible for creating a world of peace and equality for ourselves and future generations.’
President Carter ended with a stern reprimand for the entire government “we are better than this:’
‘We need a government as good as its people, and we are better than this.’
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